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anonymous  April 23, 2008 5:40 AM

Four Christian Teachers Murdered - VOM Sources

On April 13, four Christian teachers, two of them converts from Islam, were murdered by Islamic militants in Beledweyne in south-central Somalia. The four teachers, two British citizens of Somali origin-Mr. Daud Hassan Ali (64) and Ms. Rehana Ahmed (32)-and two unidentified Kenyans, were shot and killed by Islamist insurgents during a midnight raid on the Hakab Private English School. The Islamic extremist group responsible for the violence, alleged that they fired indiscriminately and that the teachers were killed in crossfire. Local people, however, believe the teachers were singled out for their suspected evangelistic work. The wife of Daud Hassan Ali alleged that her husband was targeted because he was a Muslim-born convert to Christianity. Pray the families of those killed will rest in the knowledge that those who die in the Lord will be raised with Him. Pray the perpetrators of this attack will come to repentance and salvation. Pray for wisdom and protection for those serving Christ in Somalia. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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 October 02, 2009 7:40 PM

MUSLIM MILITANTS SLAY LONG-TIME CHRISTIAN IN SOMALIA: The faith journey of a long-time underground Christian in Somalia ended in tragedy this week when Islamic militants controlling a security checkpoint killed him after finding Bibles in his possession.  Full story>>
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 October 08, 2009 1:31 PM

October 7, 2009

Dear Donna,  

Somali Militants Kill Christian Woman 

How thankful Mariam Muhina Hussein, must have been last week, when a woman arrived at her home asking about Bibles and wanting to discuss Christianity.  However, a Compass Direct source reported that this woman, wife of Sheikh Arbow, was sent to confirm the presence of Bibles at the Hussein residence and to find “Christians who have defiled the Islamic religion.” 

The next day, Mariam again answered the door.  Sheikh Arbow stood before her and casually asked to check something in the Bible.  Mariam innocently complied with his request, but upon retrieving the Bible, Arbow declared his true mission and demanded that she get the other 6 Bibles out.  Arbow then fired three bullets at Hussein and she died instantly.

Father, You have seen fit to bring Mariam Hussen into Your presence.  Comfort her family and fellow church members that their faith would remain strong and they would not slip into bitterness or hopelessness.  Use this event to spark the growth of Your church in Somalia.     

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 November 25, 2009 2:18 PM

Dear Donna,  Somali Christian Executed

In the early morning of November 14, Abdikarim Yusuf’s body was found on a quiet residential street in Mogadishu, Somalia. According to Compass Direct News, he had been taken into custody October 28 by the extremist group al Shabaab after a 15-year-old Muslim boy reported Yusuf’s attempt to convert him to Christianity.  A search of his home did not reveal any incriminating evidence. 

Contrary to Islamic law requiring the witness of three people for execution, he was executed on the basis of one teen’s report.  He sustained two bullets to the head and his body was dumped on a local street, possibly as a warning to others.  Compass reports evidence that he may have been tortured.  

Yusuf’s grieving Muslim family, having been unaware of his conversion to Christianity, now lives in fear of authorities.  Local underground Christians indirectly assisted the family in burying him with dignity the day of the shooting. Those Christians who knew him have been relocated as it is not clear whether authorities obtained names or other details from Yusuf before his death. 

Father, we grieve Abdikarim Yusuf’s death.  Thank you for his faithfulness to You even in death. Protect the local Christians there and cause Your message of truth and of grace to be effectual in bringing many to a saving knowledge of Christ. Redeem this land of chaos and darkness with the light of Your gospel.

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 February 03, 2010 6:28 PM

Around noon on New Year’s Day 41-year-old Mohammed Ahmed Ali, leader of an underground church in Somalia, left his home on the outskirts of Mogadishu. He never returned. The next day, his wife, Amina learned of his slaying by Islamic militants. According to Compass Direct, members of the Islamic extremist group Al Shabaab had been monitoring Ali and Amina for indications that they had left Islam. After her husband was slain, threats were made toward Amina as well.  Amina with their 2-year-old son quickly fled for Kenya arriving safely in Nairobi on January 20. Praise God!

Father, provide for Amina and her little son. Encourage Your church in Mogadishu and strengthen their faith. We pray for revival to spread across this troubled land that they would know true peace through the gospel of Christ.

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

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 February 24, 2010 2:42 PM

Dear friend of the persecuted, #4 Somalia

The plate of food remained uneaten in the Mandera prison cell. Hassan, a convert from Islam was arrested last August for allegedly distributing Christian literature in a small village outside of Somaliland’s capital city of Hargeisa. Hassan knew that he needed to remain strong while in prison… even his family turned against him.

His accusers and his family, all Muslims, met and agreed that Islamic teachers, or sheikhs, should go and visit him in jail. The two sheikhs met him in the police station cell and implored him to stop spreading Christianity. Hassan refused. In hopes that a worse situation would convince him to return to Islam, he was moved to the dreaded Mandera prison in a remote part of Somalia’s self-declared state of Somaliland. In spite of the pressure, Hassan acted boldly and staged a hunger strike to protest his transfer to the prison. “I still belong to Jesus,” he said. “I know one day I will be released.” Although discouraged Hassan, said he is adhering to Christ.

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.” - Psalm 25:16. Father, we pray that You would encourage and strengthen Hassan as he remains in this harsh prison. Strengthen his faith to continue to be a living testimony to his family and that they will turn to Christ who is the passion of Hassan’s life.

Ethnic Somali Christians, small in number, practice their faith in secret under extremely dangerous conditions. Fighting between Somali Islamic militias and Ethiopian forces reportedly has led to increasing hostility towards Christians in some areas. Islam is the official religion; there is no legal provision for religious freedom.

Father, we pray for the handful of believers in Somalia to grow in their faith and that their freedom to worship would be recognized by the government. Protect converts to Christianity and comfort them in their isolation from families and clans. Put an end to the political instability that has devastated this country.

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 March 01, 2010 8:03 PM

ICC interviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a former Muslim and the daughter of a Somali warlord. She moved to the Netherlands in 1992 and rose to become a member of Parliament. She wrote the screenplay for “Submission” and eventually had to leave Holland due to Muslim death threats. She is respected the world over for her courageous stand against radical Islam. She is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and has been named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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prayers for somalian christians March 01, 2010 11:45 PM

dear friends, i ask god that he will keep persecuted christians free from harm and that they find comfort in the love of our lord jesus.

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 September 10, 2010 10:42 AM

In a continuing campaign to eliminate converts from Islam, Muslim insurgents have murdered another member of an underground Christian movement in Somalia. According to Compass News area sources said al Shabaab militants entered the house of Osm an Abdullah Fataho, a long- time Christian deeply involved in the activities of the small secret Christian community, and shot him dead in front of his wife and children. The assailants then abducted them but later releasing his wife on the condition that she surrender the little ones to be trained as soldiers. “We know they have taken the children to brain-wash them, to change their way of life from Christian to Muslim and to teach them the Quran,” said one source. The incident has spread fear among the faithful in the lawless country.

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 March 02, 2011 6:38 AM

Eastleigh: Kenya's Battle with Radical Islam  Kenya

 An impoverished Kenyan city has   

 become a recruiting ground for   

 Al-Shabab, an Islamic extremist

 group out of Somalia that has  

 declared war on Christians. The  

 community has become known as

 a "little Mogadishu" due to Somali

 immigrants who are importing a  

 radical brand of Islam through  

 piracy and Saudi funds. 

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 April 28, 2011 6:25 AM

Secret Believer Killed by Extremists in Somalia
On April 18th, two members of the al-Shabaab Muslim extremist group stormed the house of a secret believer in southern Somalia. Finding Hassan Adawe Adan, a 21-year old recent convert to Christianity, they dragged him outside and shot him to death.
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 September 16, 2011 4:42 AM

Somali Convert to Christianity Kidnapped, Beheaded
Juma Nuradin Kamil, a kidnapped Christian convert from Islam, was found decapitated on Sept. 2 in southwestern Somalia. According to sources, his body lay in the open for two days before unknown people secretly buried him.
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 September 28, 2011 5:14 AM

Somali Convert to Christianity Beheaded: A kidnapped Christian convert from Islam was found decapitated on September 2nd on the outskirts of Hudur City in Bakool region of Southwestern Somalia. Juma Nuradin Kamil was forced into a car by three suspected Islamic Extremists. His body was later found dumped on a street. A leader in Somalia’s underground church commented that it is not unusual for the al Shabaab Terrorist group to decapitate those who are suspected of embracing Christianity. To read the full story go to>>    [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 October 24, 2011 6:25 AM

Islamic Extremists in Somalia Behead 17-year-old Christian
Militants vowing to rid Somalia of Christianity last month brutally killed 17-year-old Guled Jama Muktar. Watched since moving from Kenya in 2008, his family held secret Bible meetings in their home and knew that they had become targets.
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 October 26, 2011 7:32 AM

Islamic Extremists in Somalia Behead a 17 Year-Old Christian: Militants from the Islamic extremist al Shabaab beheaded a 17-year-old Somali Christian near Mogadishu last month, according to a journalist in Somalia. The militants, who had been monitoring home Bible studies of the boy’s family, have vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity. The Islamic militants, who are fighting the transitional government for control of the country, knew from their observations of the family that they were Christians, the source said. “I personally know this family as Christians who used to have secret Bible meetings in their house,” he said. Full Story>>

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 February 01, 2012 10:13 AM

Somali Christian Left Beaten and Naked Outside Kenyan Church

The son of a martyred evangelist flees Somalia only to find that persecution has followed him to Kenya. His mother found him in a pool of blood outside a Kenyan church. His testimony is one of persistence in the midst of suffering.

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 February 16, 2012 2:04 PM

Islamic Extremists Behead Another Convert in Somalia
Zakaria Hussein Omar, who was beheaded by militants last month, knew his life was in danger after the NGO he worked for was banned by al Shabaab, a radical Islamist group.
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 April 28, 2012 7:46 AM

Renewed Demands and Attacks on Churches in Khartoum
Given until May 8 to either register or leave the country, the half million southern Sudanese living in Sudan are now officially considered foreigners. Trapped in an impossible dilemma, they are struggling with the decision to stay amid renewed hostilities toward the Christian community, or to leave despite government regulations in Sudan making it almost impossible to return to the south.
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